Medieval Lead Seals & Seal Matrices for sale

Although there are various types of seal, the lead seal are by far the most common. This is due to the cost of producing the seal; lead was cheap and easy to engrave with very little expertise. During the 12th and 13th centuries these seals were very important to people of the lower classes as most people could not write or spell their names, the seal was the only way of making a personal mark. The wax seal on any form of document or letter was very important as this ensured that it had not been opened and the sender was honor bound to any agreement proposed. Please find our selection of medieval seals for sale on the links below.


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Medieval 'John of Aber' Seal Matrix 022919

Medieval 'John of Aber' Seal Atrix
Lead, 12.88 grams, 24.33 mm. 13th-15th century AD. A discoid lead seal with a suspension loop to the reverse. The face bears a central starburst motif with text to the border in Lombardic script 'S' IOHA NABER' "the seal of John of Aber", possibly relating to Aberford, Yorkshire. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 607. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Leicestershire, UK.
£60.00

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Medieval 'John of Aber' Seal Matrix 022919
Medieval Martinus IIII 'St Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla 026311

Very Rare Medieval Martinus IIII 'St Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla
Lead, 44.68 grams, 37.20 mm. 13th century AD. A lead seal from a document issued by Pope Martin IV. One face bears the name of the issuing Pope MAR/TINVS/PP:IIII within a circle of pellets and the other the opposed profile heads of SS. Peter and Paul with a cruciform emblem between and the identifying abbreviated legend ‘SPASPE’, (Sanctus Paulus Sanctus Petrus ‘Saint Paul, Saint Peter’). Pope Martin IV was born Simon de Brion at the castle of Meinpincien, France in the years following 1210 AD. He attended the University of Paris, and then studied law at both Padua and Bologna. He was appointed canon at Saint-Quentin in 1238 and between 1248 and 1259 he was a canon of the cathedral chapter in Rouen. After the death of Pope Nicholas III in 1280, King Charles of Anjou intervened in the papal election by imprisoning two Italian cardinals who were interfering with the election, after which Simon de Brion was unanimously elected to the papacy, taking the name Martin IV on 22 February 1281. King Charles was martin's protector and on the king's death on 7 January 1285, Martin was no longer able to remain at Rome. He died at Perugia on 28 March 1285. Near extremely fine condition. Provenance: ex Miller collection; found Suffolk, UK.
£650.00

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Medieval Martinus IIII 'St Peter and St Paul' Papal Bulla 026311
Medieval 'Madonna and Child' Lead Seal 025310

Medieval 'Madonna and Child' Lead Seal
Lead, 32.49 grams, 45.52 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A lead discoid seal with lateral lobes. The central motif s of the Madonna, nimbate and robed, holding the nimbate Jesus cradled on her left side. The seal has a raised pattern on the left lobe and the remains of the loop to the right. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£120.00

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Medieval 'Madonna and Child' Lead Seal 025310
Medieval 'Figural' Button Seal 015014

Rare Medieval 'Figural' Button Seal
Lead, 8.96 grams, 31.50 mm. 15th-16th century AD. A circular seal bearing a figural design of an armoured nobleman. The border bears a pseudo-script design: '+CONST . CROIN . PO [ ] VXO. Reference: Pateman, B. Collecting Seals, London, 2008. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£40.00

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Medieval 'Figural' Button Seal 015014


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